The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has pointed out thate any tax cut will be difficult to tackle because the COVID-19 crisis has paralyzed the economy, in response to the request of the tourism sector to apply a reduced VAT rate, but It has left open the possibility of expanding ERTEs.
Maroto has participated in a new session of the digital conferences “Let’s save tourism”, organized by the Hotusa hotel group, in Barcelona, in which the president of this group, Amancio López, has also participated.
Among the requests that López has made to the minister is that of claiming the super reduced rate of value added tax (VAT) for a ‘time, what could be reasonable’ as well as expand the Temporary Employment Regulation Files (ERTE), until at least March 2021.
The Minister has indicated that the Government has assumed a significant expense to deal with COVID-19 and that It is not in the best moments regarding the collectionBecause the economy has stopped and a lot of income too, so he believes that now “it is difficult to tackle any tax cut.” In this sense, he assured that the Government has opted for other impulse measures to boost tax collection.
However, Maroto it has left open the possibility of expanding the ERTE for the sector “in the framework of social dialogue”, while saying that there will be no problems to “strengthen” the lines of guarantees of the Official Credit Institute (ICO).
Opening of borders
The Minister recalled that today is «An important day», since the European Union (EU) opens its borders to 15 countries, which is added to the fact that since June 15 a tourist corridor with Germany already operates and that on June 22 the borders were opened in the Schengen area, which allows “to recover activity”.
He has highlighted this gradual opening of borders that is taking place, but has insisted on being prudent because “The contagion doubt will always be there”, and it has valued the safety of Spain as a tourist destination, among many other things, for its health, which has emerged reinforced from the crisis.
During his speech, Maroto sent the message that Spain is ready to restart its tourist activity because the Government has been working hand in hand for months with the private sector to reinforce this message since, in addition to opening the borders, “we must focus on recovering mobility and travel.”
Maroto has valued the tourism plan, endowed with 4.200 million, He said that the most important thing is to see if it is effective and if it is going to allow the reactivation of the sector and has asked for time to evaluate it and see the needs that must be reinforced.
The minister did not want to speculate on the number of tourists who will come to Spain this year because it is “very difficult” to make an estimateBut he said that, undoubtedly, we are better than three months ago, when the sector was paralyzed and today a window of opportunities opens up.
«It will be a different season because we have to gcreate spaces of trust », said the minister, to add that the work has been done well and that the Spain brand has a good reputation.